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Highland Road Park Observatory

Calendar of Events 2021 - January

ALERT: Virus shutdown guidelines still being imposed on HRPO are accessible at the front page of this website. If the guidelines move into a higher “Phase” the text will be updated and HRPO may alter programming. HRPO personnel will make the argument for 2021 that the large dome is spacious enough to allow patrons to enter one at a time and view through the 20OGS.
NOTICE: This listing is for in-person programming only. Remote programming will be listed elsewhere.

Saturday 2 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Hot-Air Balloons and Gliders The Montgolfier brothers invented them, and from blimps to dirigibles to birthday parties they’ve enriched our lives. The Wright Brothers experimented with gliders, and Cadets will experience both! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Learn Your Sky A never-ending, ever-changing show of varied objects and movements await all who step outside into the dark of night. This exciting class is an introduction to the unaided-eye Baton Rouge sky. [For ages eighteen and older. $15.00 per in-parish participant; $18.00 per out-of-parish participant. Limit twelve.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 12°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 8 January

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 9 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: The Quadruple Play For this one-time-only gathering, Cadets will receive half-hour introductions to magnetism, chemistry, electricity and electronics! [This is a Historic Standalone session and is not part of the regular rotation of session. $5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Solar Viewing Weather permitting, safe viewing of the Sun☉ in three different manners will occur. During this time the Sun☉ will be in the constellation Sagittarius♐ at a maximum altitude of 37°. [No admission fee. For all ages. Solar viewers available for $2.00; limit four per adult purchaser.]
3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Learn Your Binocular This class is a hands-on introduction to the operations of your personal binocular. We’ll even take it outside for some practice, weather permitting. Also included will be an overview of all major binocular events for the next twelve months. [For ages eighteen and older. $15.00 per in-parish binocular; $18.00 per out-of-parish binocular.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the New Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 15 January

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be below the horizon. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 16 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Winter Day It’s Ms. Amy’s break—and it’s also time for a rambunctious grouping of visual treats and rare demonstrations and experiments. Cadets will reap the rewards! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Plus Night Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. Additionally, there will be a marshmallow roast, physical science demos and a sky tour. During this time the waxing crescent Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 18°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 22 January

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 72°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 23 January

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Kites and Parachutes These non-motorized flyers and drifters use weight, lift and other things to stay aloft, or to land softly. Cadets will investigate the history of kites and parachutes! [$5.00 per in-parish Cadet; $6.00 per out-of-parish Cadet. Limit twelve.]
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm: Mercurian Elongation Periodically Mercury☿ reaches its greatest angular separation in the sky (elongation) from the Sun☉. This is the safest way to view Mercury☿ by amateurs. Come join us at the Burbank Soccer Complex! The planet will appear as a “half-Mercury☿.” The waxing gibbous Moon and Mars♂ may also be seen. [No admission fee. For ages eight and older.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waxing gibbous Moon will be will be at a maximum altitude of 80°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Friday 29 January

8:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be at a maximum altitude of 39°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Saturday 30 January

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm: STEM Expansion This program offers advanced topics, topic extensions and all-new games and activities to an older crowd. Certificates will be earned, and a section of archived experiments, some not seen in over fifteen years (and some never performed on site) take place. [For ages twelve to sixteen. $15.00 per in-parish registration; $18.00 per out-of-parish registration. Limit twelve.]
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm: Evening Sky Viewing Weather permitting, viewing through one or more telescopes will take place. During this time the waning gibbous Moon will be will be at a maximum altitude of 26°. Please keep headlights off while parking and leaving, and drive slowly! [No admission fee. For all ages.]

Please also check the HRPO front page or the BRAS Forum for special celestial events or live broadcasts that could not be confirmed for this page’s publication time.


Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 01:25 PM.

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